Posts tagged ‘Miso’

March 3, 2011

Soba Noodle Soup

I finally went and bought some Soba noodles. I ended up spending $37. I told you there was no way I could set foot in that Asian market without spending tons of money. To my defense, I had the best of intentions this time. I didn’t even grab a cart when I got in. I was going to get the noodles and that’s it. But then, I spotted those cute little mini bokchoys. Sooooo cute. Only a dollar for the bag. I just had to get them. Then I headed straight for the Soba noodles. $2.49. Great. Now, let’s go! But wait… I wonder if perhaps they have brown rice noodles. Might as well have a look, since I’m here. Nah, no luck, but those are interesting: sweet potato noodles. OK, I have to get them. I’m too curious. Oh, and might as well get some rice sticks, since I’m here. Then I saw some flat leaf parsley, dill and coriander (god I HATE that stuff, it’s now official… more on that later) going for a dollar a bunch. Get one of each. Oh, and I was running low on green tea… well, you get the idea. It didn’t take long before my hands couldn’t handle it anymore and I had to get a cart after all.

So tonight, I tried those noodles for the first time. I liked! I decided to try them in the easiest possible way, in a soup. All I did is cook them quickly in some boiling water, transferred them to a bowl, then added 4 shrimps to the boiling water, left them in for about 30 seconds then transferred them to the bowl with the noodles. I discarded that water and started boiling a fresh pot.

While that was happening, I  added 4 raw scallops, sliced in half, to the noodles and shrimp. Then, in went a handful of bean sprouts, 3 chopped asparagus, 4 of the super cute baby bok choys cut in half, one green onion, sliced, a handful cilantro (big mistake) oh, and a thai pepper, thinly sliced. Wow those are tiny, but potent little things! When the water started boiling, I diluted a tablespoon of miso, mixed it in and then poured this in the bowl over all the yummy ingredients that had been patiently waiting. I added a few drops of sesame oil and that was it, soup was ready to be enjoyed.

Looks good, doesn’t it? Well, it was… sort of. I just wish I hadn’t decided to fight with my brains over that stupid cilantro issue. I’ve never liked cilantro but recently go it in my mind that I would try to like it, that I would make every honest effort to let that herb grow on me. So every time I went grocery shopping, I grabbed one leaf from a bunch and ate it. While I never was able to say it was good, I THOUGHT that I didn’t hate it as much as I used to and was ready to enjoy it in a dish. Boy was I wrong! I hate the stuff so much, it almost makes me gag. Literally. Need I say it nearly ruined my beautiful soup for me? I ended up having to chuck a good part of it. So that’s it. Never again. Cilantro and I are officially through.

Anyone need a bunch? I’ll mail for free! ;o)

December 31, 2010

Instant Noodles

Tonight, we went to see the final chapter of Harry Potter’s story, to conclude the “marathon” that we had started 4 days ago. I have now finally seen all the HP movies, in the right order, one immediately (or almost…) after the other.

When I got out of the movie theater, I was starving (it was going on 10pm and I hadn’t had supper) and I almost gave in to stopping at a nearby restaurant to indulge in a nice, juicy hamburger. My good and evil sides battled it out for a while and good finally took this one.

When I got home, however, I was still hungry and looked for something super quick and easy to fill me up a bit. I decided to go for instant noodles, only in a healthier version than the ones found in packages or paper cups!

I simply brought some water to the boil, added some thin rice noodles, removed from heat, added miso, cut asparagus, cut green onions and a few slices of leftover turkey from Christmas (yes, I still have some of that!).

Voilà! This was absolutely delicious. Now I need to find those noodles in a brown version. I am pretty sure they exist. They have to!

November 5, 2010

Chicken (un)Fried Rice

Chicken Fried Rice!

That’s what was on the menu tonight. Although, technically, it was not fried. I cooked it in a non-stick pan, using no more than a tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil. So I wouldn’t call this “fried”. Also, there were far more vegetables than there was chicken in this dish, so I guess the name is all wrong. But, since that is what we are used to calling this kind of dish, let’s leave it at that. Besides, Vegetable and Chicken Pan Cooked Rice sounds weird… or does it? I’ll think of something!

Chicken Fried Rice 

Closer Look

Chicken Fried Rice